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Laos officials studyMekong agreement and basin management


2014-08-17

Laos officials study Mekong agreement and basin management
Government officials from line ministries have learnt more about the works of the Integrated Water Resources Management-based Basin Development Strategy under the 1995 Mekong Agreement in order to ensure uniform understanding on the policy.
A seminar was organised last Friday at the International Cooperation and Training Centre on integrated water management throughout the entire Mekong Basin and its importance to good development planning.
Seapking at the seminar, Secretary General of the Lao National Mekong Committee Secretariat Ms Monemany Nhoybouakong said water resources in Laos had greatly contributed to national socio-economic development, however, earlier water resource management had not been sustainable due to lack of good management and analysis.
“To deal with these issues, the Lao National Mekong Committee under the 1995 Mekong Agreement has specified some important activities and mechanisms to support the four Mekong River Commission (MRC) member countries of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam in regards to cooperation and collaboration to ensure the sustainable development of the Mekong river basin,” Ms Monemany said.
The Integrated Water Resources Management-based Basin Development Strategy 2011-15 was approved by the Mekong River Commission Council in January, 2011.
The MRC Council Members hoped that the implementation of the strategy would promote regional cooperation for the sustainable development of water resources and help to address climate change impacts and protect ecosystems and livelihoods.
They called for the basin's people to play a central role in the implementation of the strategy and highlighted the need for capacity building and joint learning.
In the seminar, participants also learnt about several topics under the 1995 Mekong Agreement, including the dissemination of the basic idea of the 1995 Mekong Agreement and the current situation of water resources in the lower Mekong basin.
It also examined management planning and the use of land and natural resources related to the work of integrated water resource management; and the process of the Mekong basin development plan as well as raising awareness and understanding of integrated water resource management in the Mekong River basin.
 

By Phoonsab Thevongsa 
(Latest Update August 18, 2014)